Working in prison ministry, I’ve seen redemption in action. That’s why I want to call Oklahomans to action to support an important criminal justice reform that will give our neighbors a second chance to return to their families, work hard and restart their lives.
We are living in interesting times to say the least. From our daily lives being upended by COVID-19 to the impact the pandemic has had on the initiative petition process this year, we have had to adapt in many ways to a new reality.
Life without parole. That was the future I faced when I was arrested on drug-related charges in 1995. Due to two previous drug possession charges on my record, I became the first woman in Oklahoma to receive life without parole under the old “three strikes” law.
Oklahoma law provides a large range of sentencing guidelines for each category of crime to allow prior convictions to be taken into account in determining the length of the sentence imposed.